|Oklahoma judicial elections, 2014|
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The Oklahoma judicial elections consist of both non-partisan and retention elections. District court judges (which serve on the trial level) are elected while appellate court judges face retention.
Only district court races with more than two candidates required a primary. This year, were are five such races--in Districts 4, 14 (2 races), 20 and 22. Candidates who receive over 50% of the total primary votes are automatically elected without needing to run in the general election. Otherwise, the top two candidates from the primary advance to the general election.
- April 11: Filing deadline (district court candidates)
- June 24: Primary
- September 5: Filing deadline (appellate court candidates seeking retention)
- November 4: General election
In addition to candidate lists, this page includes information about how the state's judicial elections work, as well as articles about notable news in races across the state.
District court candidates
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Harper County associate judgeMayes County associate judgeOffice 4Sequoyah County associate judgeLe Flore County associate judgeChoctaw County associate judgePittsburg County associate judgeOffice 5Garvin County associate judgeOffice 1Greer County associate judgeKiowa County associate judgeOffice 1Office 1Office 2Office 3Office 13Office 15Kay County associate judge
District court elections
Judges of the district courts run in non-partisan elections after four-year terms. If two candidates are competing for one seat, their names will appear on the ballot for the general election. If more than two candidates file for one seat, they will compete in a primary election. If one candidate receives a majority of the votes in the primary election, that candidate is elected and does not need to run in the general election. If no one receives a majority of the votes, the two candidates with the most votes will compete against each other in the general election. Unopposed candidates do not appear on the ballot.
Judges of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Court of Civil Appeals run in retention elections after six-year terms. In these elections, judges do not compete against another candidate, but voters are given a "yes" or "no" choice whether to keep the justice in office for another term. The retention elections are held on general election day.
In the news
The following articles were current as of the dates listed, though new developments may not be included.
One judge elected in Oklahoma's primaryJune 26, 2014
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Results from Oklahoma's primary election are in. There were a total of 18 candidates in five judicial races across four different districts.
One candidate has been elected judge by receiving over 50% of the vote in the primary--Justin P. Eilers. He walked away with 50.3% of the vote after competing against Jeremy Bays and Mike Stake for a district judge position in District 4. He does not need to run in the general election. There were a total of 9,209 votes cast in that race, including absentee ballots and early voting.
In the remaining four races, no one received the majority of votes, so the top two candidates will now face each other in the November general election.
District 14 had two interesting races. For Office 2, Tanya N. Wilson (29.7%) and Sharon Holmes (33.5%) are moving on to the general election. It was a fairly close race between those two, with Holmes receiving 114 more votes than Wilson. Marijo Copeland and David C. Phillips are out of the race, coming up with 22.2% and 14.6% of the vote, respectively.
Also in District 14, the race for Office 14 is still to be decided. Incumbent Kurt Glassco almost got away with the majority vote, but fell short with 48.6%. Consequently, he must oppose Jill Webb, who came in second place with 28.1% of the vote, in the general election. Webb received 12,753 fewer votes than Glassco, but still has a chance to pick up ground before she faces him again in November. Jon R. Patton and Michael Jordan Fairchild were eliminated.
The results were similar in the race for Carter County associate judge in District 20. Thomas K. Baldwin, who is currently a special judge, also fell just short of the majority vote. He got 48.5% of the votes, while second place candidate Brett Morton received 25.9%. Tim Burson and Bob Pinkerton were the other two candidates, and they are now out of the running.
In District 22, the race for the Pontotoc County associate judge was much closer. Preston Draper, with 29.2%, was eliminated. Lori Jackson came out on top with 37.5%, and Heather Hammond Wright came in second with 33.3%. Oklahomans will get a second chance to vote for one of these two in November.
Five judicial races in Oklahoma primary next weekJune 19, 2014
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|See also: JP Election Brief: Retention tension, a supreme court candidate on trial, and an election decided by coin toss
The Oklahoma District Courts hold non-partisan elections to choose judges, and the primary is right around the corner--Tuesday, June 24. Only races with more than two candidates will appear on the primary election ballot. This year, there are five of those races. If one candidate receives over 50% of total votes, they will be automatically elected without needing to run in the general election. Otherwise, the two candidates who receive the most votes will go up against each other in November alongside all of the other races with only two candidates.
In District 4, there is a three-way race for the spot held by Judge Ray Dean Linder, who did not seek re-election. The candidates are Mike Stake, Jeremy Bays, and Justin P. Eilers. District 4 contains Alfalfa, Blaine, Dewey, Garfield, Grant, Kingfisher, Major, Woods, and Woodward Counties.
District 14, which consists of Tulsa and Pawnee Counties, will have two races in the primary. David C. Phillips, Tanya N. Wilson, Marijo Copeland, and Sharon Holmes are running for Office 2. Kurt Glassco, who has held the Office 14 judgeship since 2009, has three opponents. They are Jill Webb, Jon R. Patton, and Michael Jordan Fairchild.
There are four candidates running for the Carter County associate judge position in District 20. They are Bob Pinkerton, Tim Burson, Brett Morton, and Thomas K. Baldwin. Baldwin is currently a special district court judge in Carter County. Morton works in private practice, Burson is an assistant district attorney, and Pinkerton is a city attorney and in private practice.
Lastly, in District 22, Preston Draper, Heather Hammond Wright, and Lori Jackson will compete to be the Pontotoc County associate judge.
Oklahoma primary election overviewApril 24, 2014
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|See also: JP Election Brief: Primary match-ups across the nation
In Oklahoma, judicial candidates only appear on the primary election ballot if more than two people have filed for the same race. Races with two candidates will not occur until the general election in November. This year, there will only be five judicial races for the primary on June 24. Three races are for district judge positions and two are for associate district judge positions. The five races are:
Oklahoma District 4, district judge: Office 1
- Counties of: Alfalfa, Blaine, Dewey, Garfield, Grant, Kingfisher, Major, Woods, and Woodward
Oklahoma District 14, District judge: Office 2.
- Counties of: Tulsa and Pawnee
The current holder of this seat is Judge Jesse S. Harris, who did not file for re-election.
Oklahoma District 14, District judge: Office 14
Oklahoma District 20, Associate district judge: Carter County
Oklahoma District 22, Associate district judge: Pontotoc County
- ↑ Oklahoma State Election Board: 2014 Statewide Elections
- ↑ Oklahoma State Courts Network, "Oklahoma Statutes, Title 26, Chapter A1, Article XI, Section 11-101," accessed April 23, 2014
- ↑ Oklahoma State Courts Network, "Oklahoma Statutes, Title 26, Chapter A1, Article XI, Section 11-102," accessed April 23, 2014
- ↑ Oklahoma State Courts Network, "Oklahoma Statutes Title 26, Chapter A1, Article XI," accessed April 23, 2014
- ↑ Oklahoma State Courts Network, "Oklahoma Statutes Title 36, Chapter A1, Article VI, Section 6-102," accessed April 23, 2014
- ↑ The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma, "The Justices of the Oklahoma Supreme Court," accessed April 23, 2014
- ↑ Oklahoma Election Board, "Primary Election 2014 Unofficial Results," June 24, 2014
- ↑ See Oklahoma judicial elections
- ↑ See Oklahoma judicial elections
- ↑ Oklahoma State Election Board, "Candidates for State Elective Office 2014"